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CHARLESTON -- Wide receiver Alexander Hollins from football has been named the Eastern Illinois Male Senior Athlete of the Year for the 2018-19 academic year. The award is presented by the athletic department to the top senior (completing their eligibility) for their athletic success during their Panther career and most recent academic year. A list of finalists is announced each April and then voted on following the conclusion of the athletic year.

Hollins, from Yazoo City, Miss., was an electric playmaker at wide receiver for the Panthers as a senior as he ranked in the top 15 in the nation in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Hollins finished 21st in voting for this year’s Walter Payton Award as he was a selection on multiple FCS All-American teams. He finished the year with 80 catches for 1,102 yards and 16 touchdowns. He opened the season with a three touchdown performance against SEC member Arkansas. During the season Hollins had five games with multiple touchdown catches and five 100-yard receiving games. He was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection after earning All-OVC Newcomer team honors as a junior after transferring from junior college.  During his two year Panther career Hollins finished with 23 touchdowns to rank seventh all-time at EIU. He added 127 career receptions and 1,796 career yards.  Following his EIU career Hollins was a free agent signee by the Minnesota Vikings and is currently in camp with the NFL team.   

Hollins was one of five finalists this year for the EIU Male Senior Athlete of the Year Award.  He was joined on the list by Spenser Dexter from baseball, Jimmy Govern from baseball, Nick Harkins from swimming and Brandan Lane from track.

 Football Adds Ten Players, Three 4-year College Transfers

CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois recently began summer classes on campus and with that came the announcement of several new additions to the Panther football roster including three four-year college transfers.

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First-year head coach Adam Cushing and his staff have now added 40 new players to the 2019 roster including 26 from the state of Illinois. 

The new additions include four-year college transfers Isaiah Hill (South Dakota State), Eric Rooks (Hawai’i) and Chris Walker (Cornell).  

Seven additional high school players have also been added to the roster with TJ Davis, Stone Galloway, Nile Hill, Eric Johnson, Jerit Medler, Jonah O’Brien and Tim Varga.

The Panthers will report for fall camp in early August with the season opener on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Chattanooga.  Following a road game at Big Ten member Indiana on Sept. 7, the Panthers will play their home opener at O’Brien Field on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Illinois State in the Mid-America Classic.  Season ticket sales and renewals are underway online at  www.eiupanthertickets.com or by calling 217-581-2106. 

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